CINEMA: ASIAN INVASION

THE FILM WORLD EMBRACES A BONANZA OF NEW TALENT FROM TAIWAN, HONG KONG AND MAINLAND CHINA

On location in a handsome old villa in Wujiang City, 10 miles from Suzhou in eastern China, Chen Kaige is shooting Temptress Moon. The film crew, a tight team of 20 or so artisans, is being entertained by the Chinese actress Gong Li and Hong Kong heartthrob Leslie Cheung, both of whom starred in Chen's 1993 hit, Farewell My Concubine. Gong Li picks up a TV remote and pretends it's a telephone ("Wei? Wei?"--"Hello?"), then playfully runs it under a prop man's arm as if she were a beautician with an electric shaver.

Cheung swaps airy gossip with visitors but promptly...

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